TEXAS: CHURCH OWNERSHIP OF REAL PROPERTY

BY: Austin Brister from OilandGasLawDigest.com

Landmen and attorneys frequently find churches and other religious institutions within their chains of title, either as current or past holders of record title.  These religious institutions are often conveyed valuable mineral or royalty interests, either through an unsevered estate, or more directly through a severed mineral or royalty interest.  Therefore, it is crucial that landmen and attorneys understand the legal frameworks regarding church ownership of real property when engaging in leasing, conveyancing, or otherwise examining title.

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